April approaches and that means one thing in the model train world: the Lindsay Model Train Show. I visited last year and I had placed this year’s date in my calendar as soon as I saw the flyer for it last fall.
There were some different groups in attendance this year. While its always nice to see the Pine Ridge, Miner Junction and others, I saw some new (to me) groups. Triple Rail Modellers were there with their O scale layout. It seemed to be transition era, with some old style diesel and steam power.
The Midland District Railroad Club was also there. They had a large layout, very much in progress, but still in good shape to show off. They don’t seem to have an official website, but here is a general page containing where they meet and a contact email address.
The Nottawasaga Model Railway Club was also there. I overheard someone say that they are one of the only clubs to allow kids to operate on their layout. Good on them!
They also had an intriguing component on their layout: a mirror. It added a neat little angle to the “end” of the line. This SOO caboose looks doubly good in the reflection (Aside from the crud on the mirror).
Those are the highlights of the show. I picked up another locomotive, which will become part of the Walker Leasing Company engines that will run in New Falkenburg, the tentative name I’ve given my basement layout. My wife came with me on this venture and we went out to Hobart’s for lunch. Philly Steak with cajun chicken soup for me. Beef dip sandwich and fries for her. Yum!
On the way out of town, we stopped at the rail park. They have made some improvements since last year! Where once there were these poor souls…
There is now this!
Great work by the town and the volunteers to fix them up and give them a nice coat of paint. The boarded up windows don’t look nearly as shabby now and it gives the park so much more life. Hanging onto old equipment doesn’t have to mean decay, like the TEE Northlander equipment in North Bay. Anyway, once I was finished shooting the stuff in the park, I got back to the car and we went home. Another great trip to Lindsay!
As a special note, the Ontario government has announced that they are divesting themselves of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, which includes selling the Ontario Northland freight rail operation and shutting down the Northlander train service. My own love of the Northlander aside, this is a tragedy and needs to be stopped before it is too late. Ontario Northland provides transportation for students, workers and patients from the North to Southern Ontario in a comfortable, environmentally friendly fashion. Replacing this service with “enhanced” bus service is not an option and will only serve to put further strain on already stretched northern highways.
Please call and/or write to your MP and MPP and tell them that this is wrong. There is a Facebook group for general information and a local MPP has issued a formal petition that needs to be signed and mailed to his office. Out of province readers, any support you might lend would be appreciated as well.